Quitting Amazon & Amazon Prime: How to Stop Shopping on Amazon

Quitting Amazon altogether: is it even possible in today’s world? It’s so convenient! It’s sometimes cheap!

I didn’t shop at Amazon for three years straight. Three whole years without a single purchase on Amazon! Today, I want to walk you through why and how I did that, and give you tips on how you can succeed with quitting Amazon yourself.

Let’s Be Honest: Amazon Sucks

Amazon sucks as a company. It has worker violations right and left, including one truly heart breaking story of warehouse workers who died after being told to stay in a warehouse that was in the path of a tornado instead of fleeing to safety. Amazon has repeatedly been fined for OSHA violations at various factories.

Amazon is also a huge polluter. In 2021 “Amazon generated 71.54 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent last year, about as much pollution as 180 gas-fired power plants might pump out annually,” reports The Verge, pulling the data from Amazon’s own sustainability report.

And if we can be frank, Amazon has become a less desirable place to shop for deals. It is overrun with dropshippers, who sell knock off equipment at very cheap prices that breaks easily. Amazon reviews can be faked very easily, which means reviews can’t be trusted. Amazon Prime has gone up over the years, as have the prices for quality items, negating the savings costs of using the platform.

Quitting Amazon makes more sense for more people than ever before.

10 Steps to Quitting Amazon

  1. Assess Your Dependence on Amazon

The first step in liberating yourself from Amazon is to assess your reliance on the platform. How much do you really use the platform to shop? Analyze your purchase history to understand the types of products you typically buy from Amazon and the frequency of your purchases. This self-reflection gives you detailed insight into your shopping habits and help you identify areas where you can start exploring alternatives.

If you notice you often buy cleaning products on Amazon, that can easily be replaced by getting those items during your weekly grocery run.

  1. Research and Discover Alternatives

Explore alternative e-commerce platforms that align with your values and priorities. Websites like Etsy, WearWell, and PublicGoods offer a wide range of the stuff you need to live and work from various sellers, fostering competition and supporting smaller businesses.

WearWell for example, is a marketplace to find sustainably made clothing. I’m a big fan of dresses, since it means you have a complete outfit from just one piece of clothing, and you can find tons of sustainably made dresses like this one on WearWell!

Additionally, niche marketplaces such as Thrive Market for organic products or Newegg for electronics can cater to other home needs.

  1. Support Local Businesses

You know we love to support local around here. One of the main concerns about Amazon’s impact on communities is the detrimental effect on local businesses. Mom and Pop shops are shutting down all over the world because they can’t compete with the pricing and shipping speed of Amazon.

Google “local hardware store+ your city” the next time you need a new hammer. Do the same kind of search for your other shopping needs, and keep your money in your local community.

Many people don’t realize that shopping at Amazon sends money OUTSIDE of your community. That means while you may live in Phoenix, AZ, if you shop on Amazon and buy from a seller in Tampa, FL, your money doesn’t remain in Phoenix. It doesn’t go towards anyone or anything in the very community you live in. Shopping local does that. When you buy from a store in Phoenix, it goes towards that shop owner’s rent, towards a groceries store where they get their apples from, and generally circulates in the place you both live.

  1. Subscribe to Newsletters and Notifications For Discounts

Basically every store offers you a 10-15% discount for signing up for their email list. Make a separate email account just for discounts, and use that to get discounts to shop other places than Amazon!

Staying informed about promotions, discounts, and new product releases from your chosen alternatives can save you huge money. I just saved $20 by using a discount code for leather boots from Nisolo.

By diversifying your sources, you can enjoy the benefits of competition in the form of better prices and promotions.

  1. Utilize Price Comparison Tools

Install a browser app that scans sites you’re on to find price comparisons, or use platforms like Google Shopping, PriceGrabber, and ShopSavvy. These allow you to compare prices across multiple online retailers. This ensures that you are not only finding the best price but also discovering new stores and expanding your online shopping repertoire.

  1. Consider Second-Hand Marketplaces

Shopping second hand is LIFE. This is where I get most of my clothes. Thrifting reduces your environmental impact and saves money. Platforms like Poshmark, Depop, and ThredUP offer a sustainable alternative to purchasing brand-new items.

Embracing the circular economy by buying and selling second-hand goods can be a fulfilling and eco-friendly way to shop online.

  1. Evaluate Subscription Services

Amazon’s subscription services, such as Amazon Prime, may be deeply ingrained in your routine. A lot of people signed up for Prime years ago and have simply gotten use to the annual charge.

Evaluate whether the benefits they provide are essential to your lifestyle. How often do you really use the 2 day shipping? Do you buy enough from Amazon to justify the $140 charge a year?

Many alternatives offer similar subscription models, such as Walmart+, Target Circle, or specialized services like Blue Apron for meal kit delivery. Choose subscriptions that align with your needs and values.

  1. Optimize Your Online Security

As you transition away from Amazon, it’s crucial to prioritize online security. Ensure that the new platforms you explore have robust security measures in place, such as secure payment options and data encryption. Regularly update your passwords and be cautious of phishing scams to protect your personal information.

  1. Embrace Ethical and Sustainable Practices

If ethical and sustainable practices are important to you, seek out online retailers that prioritize these values. Companies like Patagonia, The Body Shop, and TOMS Shoes focus on environmentally friendly and ethically sourced products. By supporting such businesses, you contribute to a more sustainable and responsible consumer culture.

  1. Encourage Others to Join

Share your journey of breaking free from Amazon with friends and family! Be the person who says “Here’s how quitting Amazon saved me money”.

By collectively diversifying our online purchasing habits, consumers can send a powerful message to retailers about the importance of ethical and sustainable practices. Our money has real power!

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